Former Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, has had a rocky start with her new morning show with NBC and some network insiders have even described it “like an implosion,” reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Kelly, who was a former attorney, appeared to be in her element last Friday when she interviewed Chris Darden, the famous prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case and Fred and Kim Goldman, the father and sister of the slain Ron Goldman, ahead of Simpson’s release from prison.
It seems that the NBC host has had some struggles adapting to the more light-hearted nature of morning television. Her new show has had many critics during its first week, including Vanity Fair:
“She appears far more comfortable talking about legal affairs and scandals than yukking it up with celebrities on publicity tours and commiserating about having to wear Spanx with high-waisted pants, as she did earlier in the week in a segment about fall wardrobes. The segment was within her Fox News wheelhouse, yet slightly softened for her new 9 a.m. network slot, and it came together into the kind of segment morning T.V. watchers regularly lap up along with their coffee.”
Buzzfeed and the New York Times have also not been very generous with Kelly’s recent debut. Buzzfeed took the time to even point out the various “voices” that Kelly appears to be forcing to use on air, “the Valley Girl, the Whisper, the Blaccent, the Baby, the Purposely Deep to Be Funny.”
While it obviously takes time for a TV show to become successful and transitioning a star’s persona to a completely different one takes time as well like Stephen Colbert moving to CBS, Vanity Fair reported that colleagues behind the scenes are also attacking Kelly.
“Inside NBC, however, some of Kelly’s new colleagues aren’t so patient. “It’s like an implosion,” one NBC insider told me [Emily Jane Fox] last week. Kelly’s arrival has been widely anticipated since January, when NBC offered her some $17 million to leave Fox News and attempt to translate her primetime cable-news persona into morning-show mirth….
‘Everyone is surprised at how quickly it’s gone badly,’ this person continued. ‘People are just like, ‘oh my god.'” A half-dozen people within the NBC orbit confirmed that the chatter within 30 Rock is that in its first week, Kelly’s show did not get off to a great start.
The [New York] Post reported that NBC insiders were calling it a “shit show,” saying that the network had been hosting crisis meetings about how to handle it and that staffers were “outraged” by her “diva-like” ways.”
After Kelly’s interview with Darden on Friday, she thanked her audience and acknowledged that she had received criticism for her show.
“It’s been very exciting. It has been educational. I’ve just been so delighted at the media response,” Kelly said. “What? No,” she joked.
In Kelly’s book, she talks about how she has faced people claiming that she is not “authentic” enough, like with Fox network founder Roger Ailes who called her into his office a dozen years ago to complain about that.
She also talks in her book about why she cannot make friends more easily and why women did not want to be around her. She also admits in her book that she was trying to protect an image that did not resemble her true identity. Only time will tell if her new morning show identity is her true identity.